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Saying “I do” on 12/12/12

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 01:30

Dec. 12 - Twelve couples in Hong Kong are among the many romantics who decided to tie the knot on December 12, 2012, considered an auspicious day. Tara Cleary reports.

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Special effects for that special day. These twelve Hong Kong couples were among the many romantics who decided to tie the knot on 12/12/12. Nearly 700 couples in the Chinese city said "I do" in the hopes that the unique date will be lucky for them. And when spoken in Mandarin, the numbers even sound like love. SOUNDBITE: Rainbow Ng, bride, saying (English): "12-12 is like, in Mandarin it's "yao ai, yao ai, yao ai" (meaning: "need love, need love, need love") So, as I said it's really special, and it's just a date that we both won't forget." SOUNDBITE: Naveed Khan, groom, saying (English): "And I'll give her 'yao ai,' I think it means 'need love,' so I'll give her a lot of, a lot of, a lot of love." Wedding planner Jacco Yeung says this day is the last chance for most -- the next similar date will be January 1, 2101. That's 89 years away and somehow it just doesn't have the same ring to it. SOUNDBITE: Jacco Yeung, director of wedding planning company, Wedding Master, saying (Cantonese): "From 8/8/08, 9/9/09 to 10, 11, every year couples put a lot of attention on these dates, but today is the last (of these special dates) in this century. So many pairs of newly-weds rush and hope to get married on such a day in history." Hong Kong celebrates an average of 160 weddings a day, but that figure soars when the calendar numbers align in perfect union.

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Saying “I do” on 12/12/12

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 01:30